One of our very loyal clients loves to issue us with a challenge. Here’s of his more interesting ones. They had booked Carton House, the gorgeous Georgian 5 star resort for the annual conference and gala evening. He then decided he would like his guests to experience an authentic Irish Pub without leaving the comfort and luxury of their surroundings. He wanted his guests to enjoy the sights, smells, sounds and ambiance of a typical Irish country pub to rival any genuine Irish Pub! Splendid Georgian mansions generally don’t have an Irish Pub at the foot of the curved staircase!
Given that coaching the group to a real pub was not an option; this event had to take place on site. The ballroom and function suites weren’t going to work for this with their grey walls, new carpets, and opulent chandeliers. The best option was to commandeer the pre-dinner drinks reception area with its lower ceiling height, no windows and most importantly no chandeliers!!
We built Kitty Kelly’s Parlour from scratch – wooden floors to hide the luxury pile carpets, interior walls of the pub, camouflaging all of the modern hotel elements with a fireplace, old banquette seating, and a whole collection of genuine Irish brick a brack. We created a raised corner for the band and again camouflaged the production equipment, and operations desk with old barrels, branding and shelving. The So with hotel staff wearing jeans and polo shirts with Kitty Kelly’s branding , and Kitty herself in place to meet & greet her punters , it was time to “open up ”
‘Welcome to Kitty Kelly’s Parlour. A rural Irish country pub run by Kitty, a strong Irish woman in her golden years and her only son Seanie. He is the typical Irish mammy’s boy who will one day run the pub as he wishes but not until Kitty has gone to big Irish bar in the sky! It is a local pub with good wholesome Irish grub and entertainment. All are welcome and creating a good party is the order of the day. There is traditional Irish music on arrival and you are encouraged to have a drink at the bar before taking your table for a bite to eat. All is served at a leisurely pace, eat when you want, drink when you want, party when you want’.
The evening was underscored by Traditional Irish music, to get guests toes tapping and hands clapping and they even get a chance to partake in some Irish dancing with some of the local lads & lassies!
The guests were completely convinced that this pub was part of the Hotel. Kitty, Seanie along with the traditional Irish musicians and dancers all made the experience as real as any Irish pub anywhere in Ireland!